SHREVEPORT, La. – Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church will pay white people to attend services during August to increase the diversity of its congregation.
Bishop Fred Caldwell says he will pay $5 per hour for Sunday services and $10 an hour for the Thursday service. The idea came to him during his sermon Sunday.
“Our churches are too segregated, and the Lord never intended for that to happen. It’s time for something radical,” Caldwell says.
He is basing the initiative on a parable from Matthew 20:1-16, the story of the workers in the vineyard. A landowner hired men to work in his fields for the day and throughout the day kept seeking more workers. No matter what time they came to work, the workers were all paid the same.
Church member Criss Williams says paying people to attend is a bold step but doesn’t have a problem with it.
“I don’t see it as any different than a lot of the churches that have different social functions to attract visitors,” Williams says. “Bishop just kind of cut to the chase and went to the money.”
What a concept. We could get people back into confession by offering 20$ per mortal sin and 1$ for each venial sin confessed. I know I would have raked in some cash to rival Bill Gates for my first confession. We could even call it the confession concession and advertise with the slogan “Your soul feels lighter and your wallet heaver.” The arrangement of us having to pay for our sins could be reversed and ours sins could pay us instead. The only problem is you know the government would get involved since they are already keen on sin taxes. It would be funny though if you could pay these taxes through a computer and if you make a mistake it would say “Sin Tax Error.”
If you pay someone to receive a sacrament that is called simony. I wonder what it would be called to use money encourage someone to receive a sacrament? Would it then be a sacramint?